Regional Recap, June 18, 2010

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Anne Arundel County Approves Pay Raises For School Employees. The Anne Arundel County school board just approved a $931 million operating budget for next school year that includes a modest pay raise for employees and no furlough days.School employees will get a 1 percent raise under the plan.”It’s unfortunate. That’s all I can say, but we are supportive of what we have to do,” one employee said of the 1 percent pay hike.But most school system workers said that in spite of the small increase, it all comes down to making sacrifices.

Economy At Center Of O’Malley-Ehrlich Battle. With the economy on the minds of most Maryland voters, the race between Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich has turned into a race about who can bring the state back into the black.O’Malley officially filed paperwork Wednesday signaling his run for another term. Ehrlich is expected to formally file his candidacy papers next month.Experts said the race may not come down to Democrat vs. Republican for voters.

Cross-Country Bike Race Expected To Enter Maryland. More than 200 bicyclists participating in the Race Across America are expected to arrive in Maryland soon. Participants in the single-stage race were expected to reach Allegany County on Thursday morning. The journey of about 3,000 miles began in Oceanside, Calif., earlier this month. The race finishes in Annapolis later this week. The field includes three dozen solo cyclists along with cycling teams of two, four and eight competitors.

MD Speed Camera Suit Dismissed. A judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against speed cameras in Montgomery County and three jurisdictions in the county.A trial was set to start next month, but Judge David Boynton ruled this week in favor of the county, Rockville, Chevy Chase Village and Gaithersburg.The suit filed in 2008 by Bowie lawyer Timothy Leahy argued that the jurisdictions operated their speed camera programs illegally by paying their camera contractors on a per-ticket basis.Maryland law prohibits per-ticket payments to camera operators to avoid financial incentive for issuing more tickets. Boynton ruled in each case that the jurisdictions, rather than the camera contractors, operate the systems.

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